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WSC 2001 Commentary: Round 16

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Round 16

At table 2, Brian Cappelletto (United States) defeated Andrew Davis (England), 469-340. In this game, Andrew opened with JUTE. Brian's repsonse was to play PHOnIER beneath that play for 79 points. While Andrew later got down EnCORES, he couldn't keep up with Brian's plays of SILOXANE for 66 and RANTERS for 67.

At table 4, Adam Logan (Canada) beat Joe Edley (United States), 506-424, which brings Adam to a three-way tie for first place. This just gets more interesting every round.

I observed word judge Luise Shafritz take a challenge at table 3. Naween Tharanga Fernando (Sri Lanka) challenged his opponent's play: AURATEs/MZEEs. It was ruled acceptable and Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand) breathed a visible sigh of relief. On the way to Naween's win, 568-312, he played SALTIERS from the first S for 85 on the triple lane, MIXTUReS from the M for 101, ANECDOTE through the first E for 72, and PRIMINE for 76. Pakorn's best play was the late challenged duo up above.

David Webb (England) and Joel Sherman (United States) had a six 8-letter bingo game, which Joel won, 533-421. As he was filling out his paperwork, Joel drily said, "I've got Frankenstein on this board." Sure enough, there was BOLTHEAD through the E for 84. He also got down FAIRWAyS through the I for 76 and GAINABLE through the first A for 72. David's plays were FRESCADE to the E for 100 (off Joel's opening play!), TALESMEN through the S for 72, and DIPTERON through the P for 74. Worth mentioning is Joel's play of QUEZAL for 52, followed two turns later with ASCOT on the triple line hooking the S and making QUEZALS for 49.

At the end of day 2, the top 4 players are the same as they were at the start of the day!

Joel Wapnick (World Champion) 13-3 +1089 Adam Logan (Canada) 13-3 +812 Brian Cappelletto (United States) 13-3 +797 Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand) 12-4 +173

And places 17-25 are all North American players.

An organizational note: we've not lost one protile through 16 games of SCRABBLE®. The beautiful sets go out and they come back (and they've been used in 704 games). These tiles, made specially for the WSC 2001, are a nice navy with a matte finish atop. In the right light, they even shimmer and sparkle a bit.

This round's featured interactive games are:

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